Welcome everyone to the Year 2 class page!
I hope you have all had a great summer, I am really looking forward to teaching you all! I am really impressed to see how you have all grown personally and academically. I know that we will have a fun and fantastic year learning together!
Parents, if you have any questions, please see me at the end of the day
This term in Year 2, the children will be exploring the life and work of Rosa Parks through the book "I am Rosa Parks by Brad Mitzer". They will then produce a biography about all of the information they have learnt about Rosa Parks.
Their next piece of writing will involve becoming more confident with the key features of a set instructions and will build up to supporting the children in producing their very own set of instructions.
Additionally, we will begin to look at stories with familiar settings. During this time, we will explore all aspects of story writing, including characters, settings and the structure that many stories follow. The children will then write their own story using a familiar setting.
We will be focusing on the 'VIPERS' skill of explaining. We will look at the layout and features of different fiction and non-fiction texts and consider how effective the layout is for the reader. We will also explain how we know who the audience is and how a text could be improved to suit their needs and interests.
Spelling Rules to learn:
- -el spelling is much less common then le (camel, towel, travel).
- Few nouns end in -al but many adjectives do (metal, hospital, pedal, petal).
- -le spelling at the end of words (table, apple, bottle).
- Not many words end -il (pencil, fossil, nostril)
- The sound 'or' is usually spelt as 'a' before 'l' and 'll' (all, ball, talk, always)
- The 'k' and 'g' at the beginning of these words was sounded hundreds of years ago (knock, gnome).
- The 'r' sound spelt 'wr' at the beginning of words (write, wrap, wrong).
- A is the most common spelling for the o sound after 'w' and 'qu' (wand, squash)
- Words spelt 'or' after the 'w' (work, world, worm)
- Words spelt 'ar' after the 'w' (war, ward, towards)
- ie sound spelt 'y' at the end of words (cry, dry, try)
Tricky words to spell
door, floor, poor, fast, last, past, could, would, should, find, kind, mind, behind, class, pass, grass, Christmas, old, gold, told, hold, blue, orange, yellow, purple, white, September, October, November, December.
This term we will cover;
- Number: Place Value
- Number: Addition and subtraction
- Geometry: Properties of Shape
We will start by focusing on Place Value which will include the small steps;
- Numbers to 20
- Counting objects to 100 by making 10s
- Recognising tens and ones
- Using a place value chart and partitioning to 100
- Writing numbers to 100 in words and writing numbers to 100 in expanded form
- Exploring 10s and 1s on a number line to 100.
- Comparing and ordering objects and numbers to 100.
- Counting in 2s, 5s, 10s and 3s.
This term we will be exploring the ways we can use programming and coding to direct a beebot.
We will start by looking at the big question 'Who made the world?' and explore how God created the world. Towards the end of the half term, we will explore the question 'Why is Christmas so important to Christians?' and unpick the Christmas story, Jesus' birth and its importance to Christians.
We will be looking at the history of Stoke on Trent and Kidsgrove and we will be exploring the question 'Why do we have canals around Kidsgrove?'.
To begin our science topic, we will be answering the big question 'How might living things change?'. This will look at life cycles of various animals and how different animals grow and develop in different ways throughout their life.
During our PSHE sessions, we will be thinking about all the great ways we can be a good friend. We will then be exploring what is same and what is different about us, thinking about what makes us unique.
In Art, Year 2 will be thinking about how they can describe a piece of artwork to somone who has never seen it?
PE will take place on Mondays and Fridays – make sure you come to school in your kit! Please remove any earrings.
Reading, Spelling shed and Times Table Rockstars should be completed 4-5 times a week. Please record when this takes place on the WEDUC form. A new form will be available from 9:00 Monday and will close at 8:30 the following Monday morning.
Reading books are due in on a Monday and new books will be issued on the same day.
Here are some useful links:
- Free eBook library – practise reading with phonics eBooks | Oxford Owl Oxford Owl have a fantastic FREE range of ebooks for any ages.
- Times Tables Rock Stars (ttrockstars.com)
- Spelling Shed - Spelling Shed - The Science of Spelling